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EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench, even in the erotic entertainment industry.

Let's say Bertha is getting a job at a strip club as one of the performers. Bertha isn't a massively sexy-sounding name. Amber, on the other hand...

Another reason this trope may be played is that they don't want to be haunted by BleachedUnderpants when they get out of the industry. The Internet usually finds a way to make this futile, however.

A raunchier variant of StageNames. Sometimes overlaps with PunnyName. Compare with ParallelPornTitle, for the names of the movies.


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In some hentai titles, the {{Seiyuu}} tend to use fake names, like for ''Urotsukidouji'' -- the voice actors use {{punny name}}s like Randy Woodcock, Rosy Palmer, and Rick Ballsey.
* Most male seiyuu averts this for their voicework in BoysLoveGenre [[AudioPlay Drama CD]], most notably Creator/HiroshiKamiya and Creator/DaisukeOno in their voice work for ''Kotonoha no Hana'' [=CDs=]. For some reason though, these very same seiyuu play it straight for erotic Otome [=CDs=], however.
* Some mangakas also use different pen names for their porn works. For example, Mikiyo Tsuda used Zaou Taishi and Yana Toboso used Yanao Rock.

* Grant Morrison's ''ComicBook/TheFilth'' features a gonzo film producer based on Max Hardcore named [[IncrediblyLamePun Tex Porneau]].
* In Reed Waller's furry animal comic, a young woman named Susan becomes a stripper. Since there are already several dancers named Susan/Sue/Suzie, she takes a map, closes her eyes, [[LineOfSightName points with her finger at random]] ... and becomes ''ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer''.

* ''Film/JamesBond'': Some Bond girls are among the most famous examples.
** ''Pussy Galore'' from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' probably takes the cake. Holly Goodhead from ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' runs a close second.
--->'''Pussy:''' My name is Pussy Galore.
--->'''Bond:''' ''[beat]'' I must be dreaming.
** Parodied in ''Film/AustinPowers'' with names like "Alotta Fagina" and "Felicity Shagwell".
** ... and then there's the guy playing Bond. Roger Moore--''really''?
* In ''Film/BoogieNights'', protagonist Eddie Adams adopts the porn name Dirk Diggler.
* Apparently, in ''Film/{{Orgazmo}}'', all you need to be a porn actor is to be called Sancho. Which is kinda true...
* In ''Film/WereTheMillers'', Rose notes that working in a strip club means that you should get a nickname to protect your identity. As it turns out, the girl she's talking to already has a nickname: Boner Garage.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'':
-->'''Zack:''' What's your name?
-->'''Lester:''' Lester... Lester the Molester Cockenschtuff.
-->'''Zack:''' Wow. That's a great porn name.
-->'''Lester:''' I get to pick a porn name?... Then I want to be called... Pete Jones.

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/BloodRites'', Harry is hired as supernatural security for a porn studio. There are many examples mentioned, though the actors don't use them behind the scenes, except for entitled diva Trixie Vixen, born Tricia Scrump ("It's been legally changed!"). One of the new actors is trying to come up with a good porn name, but can't think of anything more original than "Rocko Stone", so a coworker suggests "[[GoingCommando Gowan Commando]]". The guy doesn't get the joke, but likes it.
* The book ''Literature/StripTease'' has the obvious fake name Urbana Sprawl, but also reveals at the end that Erin was the only one using her real name.
* Creator/TerryPratchett parodied the hell out of this, [[{{Troperiffic}} of course]], in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', with one of the co-workers of Nobby's girlfriend Tawneee, who's called Brocolee. She started out calling herself Candee, but changed after learning that broccoli was better for you.
* ''Literature/AbleTeam''. In "Army of Devils", Carl Lyons meets up with a FriendOnTheForce from his LAPD days. Able Team is posing as federal agents, so Lyons suggests they use his callsign "Hardman One". The cop laughs as it sounds like something from a porn movie. They decide to use his InSeriesNickname "Ironman" instead.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'' this is both used and subverted when Gently and Bacchus are investigating a [[FanServiceWithASmile a casino with "Fox Girls"]]. The murder victim's real name was Audrey Chadwick. However, she was using the name "Blaise" for working purposes. Not ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise, as "she doesn't have any modesty". However, Fawn Granger, her best friend was using her real name.
* In ''Series/TheUnit'', when Tiffy does a bit of pole-dancing at a Bikini Bar during her separation from Mack, she is announced as "Monique".
* In ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George says that his porn name would be "Buck Naked".
* In an episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', Ted Mosby learns that somebody he saved from bullies once in elementary school is now a porn star using the stage name "Ted Mosby". Ted meets him and tells him that he's an architect now, and that for professional reasons, he doesn't like his name being misused in porn. In an attempt to stop the actor, he tells him that the guy who ''actually'' saved him from bullies was called "Lance Hardwood". Shortly thereafter, a new porn video comes out entitled "Lance Hardwood: Sex Architect, starring Ted Mosby".
** Another example: Barney drags the gang to a strip club, where Ted and a stripper start a conversation.
--->'''Stripper:''' I'm Amber.\\
'''Ted:''' I'm Ted.\\
'''Stripper:''' ''[whispering]'' Actually, I'm Tracy.\\
'''Ted:''' Still Ted.\\
'''[[UnreliableNarrator Future!Ted]]:''' And that kids is the [[BlatantLies true story]] of how I met [[YourMom your mother.]]\\
'''Future!Kids:''' [[BigWhat WHAT?]]\\
'''Future!Ted:''' [[{{Troll}} Haha, I'm kidding.]]
* Parodied in a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch, where men attempted to register to become pornstars, and were rejected because their names were already taken. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYPk7rrL2tw here.]]
* Invoked in an early 80s ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch from an episode hosted by Bernadette Peters, in which Peters' Broadway vehicle of the time, ''42nd Street,'' was re-envisioned set on the contemporary [[WretchedHive 42nd Street]], in an adult theatre rather than a Broadway theatre. The stage manager dubs her character [[LineOfSightName Lotta Hose]], and her co-star (played by Creator/EddieMurphy) goes by "Miles Long".
* In one episode of ''Series/NightCourt'' a pair of porn starlets named "Ginger Lee" and "Amber Waves" appeared in Harry's courtroom (obviously inspired by real-life starlets Ginger Lynn and Amber Lynn, right down to the rivalry between the two).
* During Letterman's more ribald years, he did a show in Vegas where he displayed artifacts from the Museum of Las Vegas. One was a Showgirl Name Decoder: put in your name, or the name of a showgirl, and you find out what your showgirl name will be (or what her real name is). Susan, for example, becomes Suzie.
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', an escort site had, among their employees, a lady named "Bambi Gasm".
-->'''Mac:''' (in posh accent) Of the ''Boston'' Gasms?\\
'''Cassidy:''' One would hope.
* In the ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' episode "One Nut Johnson", Alan mentions that using the [Name of First Pet] [Name of Street you grew up] combination, his porn name would be Rusty Knob. Walden says his would be Snowball Honeysuckle.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has Brandi Maxxx, who runs for city council and also stars in the porn parody of Leslie's bid for office.
* One episode of the first season of the US ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' has Michael and Ted meet porn star Zack [[BiggerIsBetterInBed O'Tool]].
** In the second season, Emmett does internet porn under the name Fetch Dixon.
* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'', the first name that shows up is "Wanda Cannon"
-->'''Crow:''' "Wanda Cannon"! Now that's a porno name if I ever heard one! [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not that I've... heard one.]] [[OverlyLongGag I don't subscribe to... lots of publications or anything...]]
* In ''Series/{{Jessica Jones|2015}}'', Trish suggests that Jessica [[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames uses "Jewel" as a superhero alias]].
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Jewel is a stripper's name. A really slutty stripper. And if I wear that thing you're going to have to call me Cameltoe.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/{{Borderlands}}'' has Mad Moxxi, the series' resident MsFanservice and [[ReallyGetsAround the planet bicycle]]. However, it seems that really is how her name is spelled. Subverted with General Knoxx, who is simply a general and presumably has the two X's due to RuleOfFunny.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' allowed the player to make porn movies to make extra cash. Players could choose from a variety of porn names, such as Jack Shooter and The Polish Hammer.
** In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with some dialogue options, Cass may mention ''Long Dick Johnson''.
* Candy Suxxx from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''. [[PunnyName Complete with triple X.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Very common in {{Eroge}}, if it involves a well-known seiyuu. Most of the time they will use alternate name(s) for their voicing work (e.g [[Creator/KosukeToriumi Sakiware Spoon]], [[Creator/MinoruShiraishi Ichigo Miruku]], [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Hiruma Kyou-no-suke]], [[Creator/MaiKadowaki Anzu Mitsu]], [[Creator/HyoSei Elena Kaibara]], etc.), possibly due to public image factor. Unlike most examples of this trope, the names are usually normal ones (sometimes punny, e.g [[Creator/DaisukeKishio Sorano Taiyou]], [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe Tom Kunoreezu]][[note]]a pun of Tom Cruise, whose roles were dubbed by Suwabe[[/note]]). There are some who averts this trope, most notably Tamiyasu Tomoe who used her real name for ''any'' voicing work she had done[[note]]She uses ''Tamiyasu☆ROCK!'' for musical works, however[[/note]].
** Interestingly, most of the time when an eroge [[BleachedUnderpants gets a console port/all-ages release]], seiyuus will be credited with their real names (a case in the ''[[VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu Grisaia]] trilogy'')

* See [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=09092003 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' strip.
--> '''AltText''': It was actually Goldfish #1A Loomis Pines Trailer Court Sani-Hookup 12
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and its SpinOff ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' have Amber-Amber (now reverted to her birth name of Amber Larose, so it wasn't much of a disguise) and her friend, Chanelle Numberfine. [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/old_friends_in_the_business This SDB strip]] mentions Maxx Deep and Humpy Nastee. ("They're really nice!")
* The phenomenon is mocked in [[http://www.sinfest.net/comikaze/comics/2004-05-05.gif this]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' strip.
* ... And sabotaged in [[http://xkcd.com/884/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used in WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre. "Wood Burns" is a pseudonym. Wood is his real first name, short for Woodrow, but he adopted Burns for his porn persona.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* While Quagmire is staying with the Griffins on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', a phone call reveals that his porn name is Long Rod Von Hugendong. [[WordOfGod Originally, it was supposed to be "Long Rod Von Hungenschlong,"]], but [[MoralGuardians the FOX censors]] thought that was too risque. Not the greatest of changes, but hey, pick your battles.
* While not an ''exact'' fit, this is used in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' for the prostitute "Cristal" (Like the Champagne), managed by a pimp named "A Pimp Named Slickback". Yes, you have to say the whole thing, like Music/ATribeCalledQuest.
* In "Once Upon A Girl" the pornographic animated film by former Creator/HannaBarbera employees, the voice actors except for Hal Smith (who also appeared on screen as Mother Goose) used fake names, Creator/FrankWelker for example used Jack Beanstalk.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Glamour model Katie Price used the name "Jordan" during her Page 3 days.
* Burlesque artist Creator/DitaVonTeese's real name is Heather Sweet.
* Thanks to Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn and Porsche Lynn in the 1980s (and their dozens of imitators since), any woman's first name + "Lynn" = "porn starlet".
** Ginger Lynn's real name is Ginger Lynn Allen -- and it was her feud with Amber Lynn for "stealing" her name which turned on the StreisandEffect and created the endless succession of Starlet Lynns.
* [[Creator/ShirleyTemple Shirley Dimples]], so named for her curly red locks.
* The common joke is that your porn name is [Name of First Pet] [Name of First Street you lived on]. There are many variants, and be careful with those: they’re often used for security questions on various sites.
** Or [Name of favourite sweet] + [Name of first street you lived on].
** Or even [Your last name] + [Name of first street you lived on].
** But what if the first street you lived on was a numbered street that wasn't 69th?
*** Some security companies have warned of websites using this idea in an attempt to gain access to your email account by making your porn star name relate to common security questions.
** There is also (name of childhood pet) plus (mother's maiden name). A variant is (name of favourite childhood toy doll) + (town or city where you lost your virginity).
* Other real life examples:
** Retired porn star [[BiggusDickus Long Dong]] Silver. 'Nuff said.[[note]]He has a bizarre connection to early 1990s American politics, as [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Clarence Thomas]], during his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court, was accused of sexual harassment, and was in particular accused of overtly comparing himself to Long Dong Silver to a woman under his supervision.[[/note]]
** Peter North.
** Letha Weapons.
* There is/was a porn actress who went by the name Cindy Crawford. It happens to be her real name.
** PageThreeStunna and softcore performer Theresa May effectively shares a name with the current Prime Minister of Great Britain. The porn T. May came to prominence first, though, and arguably made her living in a cleaner and more ethically responsible profession.
* In ''Superman XXX'', the producers cast someone with obvious nerd cred for their Lois: Andy [[Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure San Dimas]].
* A famous character-inspired: Kylee Reese. The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' jokes just write themselves ("Come on me if you want to live").
* British porn director Ben Dover.
* Most sex industry workers (strippers, porn stars, and escorts) take a sexy-sounding porn name both as a way of being easily-remembered and also as a way of deterring stalkers. This can sometimes lead to issues where a name that can be phonetically spelled multiple ways results in numerous very similar aliases. One of the best examples is Lanny Barbie, a French-Canadian star whose alternate spellings included Lanni Barbie, Lanny Barby, and Lanni Barby.
** A curious phenomenon relating to this is that the porn name is now often trademarked by the studio to which the perfomer is contracted. This raises the possibly problematic spectre of what happens when a performer wants to leave their currently contracted studio and take their trademarked name with them - imagine an alternate reality where Paramount asserted that they owned the rights to the name "Creator/MichaelCaine", for instance.
* "E. Norma Stitz", the woman with the largest natural breasts.
* Actress Nikki Cox was once asked by an interviewer what her porn name would be. She said it would probably be the same but that she'd probably add an extra ''x'' or two to her last name.
** This is in fact common in any sort of name that can be [[SpellMyNameWithAnS spelled with an X]]; most sex workers with such a name will often be known by the normal spelling ''and'' the "triple x" spelling.
** Humourously enough, real porn star Nikki Rhodes started off her career under the name Nikki Coxxx.